The Independent Dealers Entrepreneurial Association (IDEA), a Saskatoon-based group of locally-owned crop input retailers, has named Nipawin, Sask. farm consultant Bob Evans as its new executive director.
Evans, who has previously done advisory work for the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers and is rostered with the Canadian Farm Business Advisory Service to provide subsidized counselling for farmers, has worked in the ag inputs industry for over 20 years.
IDEA, which was formed in 1999 by independent input dealers on the Prairies, provides independents with a forum to exchange ideas “while still preserving the individual identity and ability to act quickly that is the hallmark of an independent crop input retailer,” Evans said in a release.
Billing its members as “essential to the continued success of farming,” the group noted that it’s becoming harder for farmers to find retailers who aren’t “part of some multinational corporation” as the crop inputs industry continues to consolidate.